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 CALENDAR: 2006-2007 School Year

CALENDAR: 2005-2006 School Year

CALENDAR: 2004-2005 School Year

CALENDAR: 2007-2008 School Year

Monday, September 10, 2007
Book Discussion

TOPIC: “The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers can Learn from each other” (Sara Lawrence Lightfoot

See yahoo group for posting of notes from this session

Monday, October 8, 2007

Becky Yoshitani Lawyer and Advocate
TOPIC: Clearing a Path in the legal Jungle of Education

Becky Yoshitani, an attorney and frequent contributor to IDL’s yahoo group, will provide insights into the advocacy process for all types of learners and their families. Ms. Yoshitani is a  mother of three, including a daughter (age 15) with Downs syndrome and has been advocating for special education students since 1997.

Monday, November 12, 2007:


Julie Morrison, Psy.D Clinical Psychologist
TOPIC: So I have my Child’s Testing Results, Now What? 

Dr. Morrison is a local clinical psychologist in private practice who specializes in learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, depression and working with families dealing with parenting issues and school consultation. She has extensive background in therapy as well as psychoeducational testing both in Frederick County and at the Kennedy Krieger Center in Maryland.  She spoke about issues and concerns that parents have once they receive their psycho-educational testing and when they are making the decisions regarding what tests and expertise they need to seek out.

Monday, December 10, 2007:  


Judy Grados, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist

TOPIC: Making and keeping friends: skills and strategies

 DR. GRADOS is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Waverly Woods, near Woodstock, MarylandDR. GRADOS has expertise in working with anxiety in children and has a professional interest in resilient youth.  She will be speaking about helping children overcome social skills issues through group therapy sessions she calls, “Friendship Groups”. Making and keeping friends for the elementary aged child will be the focus of her talk.

Monday, January  14, 2008:

Liz Clark, YKT, RYT, Jamie Levine, MS, OTR/L, John Wysong, L.Ac

TOPIC: Body Work for Relaxation and Focus

LIZ CLARK is certified through YogaKids International®, Radiant Child and The Yoga Center of Columbia. JAMIE LEVINE,  is owner of OT Ventures in Ellicott City. JOHN WYSONG,  has 15 years experience in Oriental Medicine. This panel will focus on how their various bodywork practices can help children with learning disabilities. Each specialist will present new ways a child can use his or her own body to cope with or relieve anxiety. They will give information on stress management for children. They will also discuss how each of their practices can help a child improve mental focus for learning. Parents will gain tips for simple “bodywork” methods they can use with children at home.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Fran Bowman, Director of BES and Education Specialist

TOPIC: Preparing your Different Learner for College

Fran Bowman has been in the field of special education for 34 years and is author of a guidebook that specializes in teaching reading to dyslexic students. She is part of the graduate education faculty at Goucher College and is helping to launch a new program for students with dyslexia and executive function. Her presentation will focus on the kinds of testing and application issues, schools, technological preparation and time tables for completion that need to be considered to maximize success. She will discuss differences between colleges for LD students and regular colleges with embedded services.  Parents will learn about college counseling services available through the public and private schools. Ms. Bowman will also highlight how to best handle college visits.  This presentation will be of great interest to parents of children who are in middle school and high school.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Dr. Jane R. Snider, Executive Director of the Summit School
TOPIC: Executive Function and Dyslexia

Dr. Snider received her B.A., M.A., and, in 1978, her Ed.D. in special education from The George Washington University and began her career as a special education classroom teacher.  Since, she has become a pioneer in the field of educating children with certain learning disabilities, establishing the independent not-for-profit Summit school in the fall of 1989.

Monday, May 12, 2008

TOPIC: Volunteer Appreciation Evening

Update on the WTP Professional Development program:

Katharina Boser

To check
our guest speakers from our previous school years,
see links above